The Davison County Commission approved a conditional use permit request for a 2,400-head swine finishing and animal feeding operation planned in Rome Township during its Tuesday meeting. Construction for the facility is currently set to begin as early as April. In an attempt to put the brakes on the planned swine operation several residents of the township voiced their concerns during the time during the meeting allotted for public input.
The Davison County Commission will have an hour to discuss a variance of a conditional use permit for the construction of a 2,400-head swine finishing animal feeding operation in Rome Township. A final decision by the commissioners on the permit is expected during a 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday at the county's North Office on Main Street in Mitchell. The property is located in the agricultural district and would have the same layout as other barns operated and owned by Neugebauer, each of them 50 by 400 feet and constructed for finishing pigs from 55 pounds to market weight.
RAPID CITY—Small movements can make a big impact. Visitors of the South Dakota Mines Museum of Geology in Rapid City will soon be able to get a better picture on where earthquakes happen, what causes them and get a better understanding of the movement underneath their feet. The museum is installing a hand-sized seismometer box called Raspberry Shake, which will be at the center of a new interactive exhibit allowing guests to jump up and down on the floor and see the seismic waves they create in real-time on a monitor.
Service, not self. Students of Stacy Morgan's multiage third- and fourth-grade class at L.B. Williams Elementary School in Mitchell put others before themselves and were honored with the National Good Deed Award, presented by the American Legion Auxiliary, recently. The children had been reading about people doing good things for the community in newspapers and asked their teacher if they could join in and do a good deed after deciding to give away their winnings from a school raffle.
CHAMBERLAIN—The Chamberlain Community Center on Main Street turned into a battlezone Saturday with flying styrofoam and kids shouting with joy. Children ages 5 to 12 were aiming colorful Nerf guns at each other and fighting for territory. Ron LaMie, Chamberlain's recreation coordinator, directs the indoor event that lasts for about 2 ½ hours every weekend and was initially started as part of the summer activities program at the recreation center.
Strings attached and ready to entice the audience, Morgan Buenzow has been selected as the lone Mitchell student of the district to perform at the 2019 Middle School All State Orchestra at the Mitchell School District Performing Arts Center (PAC) this weekend. "I'm a little nervous," Buenzow said. "But that is part of the program." The South Dakota Music Education Association is bringing the Middle School All State Orchestra to Mitchell for the first time, Beth Neitzert, director of orchestras for the Huron public schools said in an email.
Ryan Solberg, of Mitchell, has been named Peace Scholar 2019 by Augustana University, and will embark on a mission to deepen his understanding of central issues and theories on peace, justice, democracy and human rights.
Educators make the world a better place. That was the theme of a unique recognition banquet honoring teachers and classified staff of the Mitchell School District at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy on Wednesday. In a room full of co-workers, friends and family, Mitchell High School Principal Joe Childs presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Dina Vander Wilt, a kindergarten teacher at L.B. Williams Elementary, and the Classified Staff of the Year Award to Kristina Allen, a paraeducator at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS—The legacy of little Jessy and his Toy Box lives on in the hearts of his friends and family. That includes Jessy's cousin, Sarah Raterman, a freshman at Wessington Springs High School. She has been working for months to organize a event in Jessy's honor and it will take place starting at 4 p.m. today at the Wessington Springs Elementary School.
Mitchell Technical Institute agriculture programs continue to be in high demand, creating a "good problem" and expansion of campus facilities. John Heemstra, MTI vice president and Title IX coordinator, together with Jared Hofer, financial comptroller, presented on Monday their vision and a preview of a new $7 million facility that will sit on the west side of the Nordby Trades Center. The discussion was held the regular meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education,